Arts & Culture Grant Update
We are grateful to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural
Affairs for the Rural Arts and Culture Grant that helps to fund
all the arts programs this year.
A hard-working group of students have been working with Martha
Guth for the last several weeks. The Christian Church generously
provided space for the classes. The group will perform at the
church on the evenings of April 26 and 27.
The April house party was great fun once again. Many
new faces in attendance suggests that the word is getting around.
May 10th is the date for the next one, from 2 to 6 PM, at the
home of John and Beth McCafferty. John McCafferty and Joe Moore
will keep the music going. In June we revert back to our original
time: Sunday evenings, from 4 to 8 PM. To add to the confusion,
June's house party will be the third week in June, so as not to
compete with graduation activities. The date is June 15; the location
is Mike Sowa's home the Bonner centennial farm.
The Student Art Show at Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey has
come down. Fourteen students had works on display from February
23 until April 5. Thanks to Karey Johnson and others at Crooked
Tree for their help in getting our work across and for setting
up and taking down the artwork for us. Students who participated
in the show are: Colleen McDonough, Megan Heller, Melissa Bailey,
Cameron LaVasseur, Maeve Green, Jenna Battle, Brenden Martin,
Bailey McDonough, Rita Palmer, Saygan Croswhite, Eric Albin, Samantha
Kuligowski, Meg Works and Marissa Crandall. Works were chosen
on merit, of course, but a big consideration was also what we
could mount for hanging with the materials we had on hand. Many
beautiful works were not included, simply because of space restrictions.
I am continually amazed and inspired by the good work all of the
students are doing.
We are continuing to schedule enrichment classes, but still have
gaps in our calendar. Cindy Ricksgers is offering Paper-Making
on May 7; Martha Guth is offering two more Music Appreciation
classes: May 28, and June 18. I've had the pleasure of watching
Martha work with students over the last several weeks; she has
a broad knowledge of music history and the ability to get the
very best out of her students. This is an extraordinary opportunity
to learn from an outstanding talent. Please watch for postings
of other classes; future offerings include mosaic, collage and
oil painting. All are held at the Peaine Township Hall, on Wednesday
evenings from 6 to 9 PM. Most classes are free; some have a small
materials fee. Please be sure to call Cindy at 448-2960 to register.
We must have at least six participants to hold a class. Also,
if the class has to be cancelled for any reason (recently, an
electrical outage), I will know to call to tell you, if you're
on my list.
Thanks to all the people who have sent notes or stopped me with
suggestions or ideas for projects. The grant funding runs out
in September. With the kind of community support we've seen so
far, many programs can continue beyond that time.
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